Monday, May 26, 2008

Save some $$, Sign Up Now!

Early registration for the Missoula Marathon and Half Marathon ends on Saturday, May 31, 2008

Entry FeesMarathon -early registration $60.00 thru May 31, 2008
Half Marathon - early registration $45.00 thru May 31,

Go the Missoula Marathon Registration Page for a downloadable application or to sign up online.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Missoula Marathon Sponsor of the Week

Spotlight on Alpine Physical Therapy

Alpine Physical Therapy is the yearly and exclusive physical therapy sponsor of the Missoula Marathon. This prestigious sponsorship puts us face-to-face with runners of all skill levels, giving us opportunities to provide consultation to all participants and to present numerous training seminars for area marathoners.

Our team of seven physical therapists provides both pre- and post-race massages for all Missoula Marathoners. In addition, we offer free injury consultations both before and after the race.

We offer a unique service for all runners called The Runner’s Clinic. The Runner’s Clinic is overseen by expert physical therapist, Angela Vap, DPT. Angela is the only Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist in the state Montana. As such, she is an expert diagnostician, particularly as it relates to sport biomechanics associated with high-mileage running.

Participants entering The Runner’s Clinic undergo 2-D video analysis of their stride, along with a comprehensive body and movement examination. Integrating the 2-D video analysis with the clinical exam provides an exacting assessment for identifying running faults that can contribute to injury and impact performance. The results of the examination form the basis of specific corrective exercises that you’ll begin learning and doing on day one! For more information on The Runner’s Clinic, be sure to visit our website at,
and click on Programs and Specialties.

Gaining knowledge about your injury and what you can do to resolve it puts you ahead of the pack. We invite you to peruse the Runner’s Clinic section of our website for information on various injuries common to runners. Gather additional information by clicking on the Patient Resources section of our website for news and information on these and other conditions runners face. And finally, we invite you to get updated information on running and other items on health and fun in Missoula by regularly visiting our blog at

We have two locations in Missoula.

Alpine Physical Therapy, North
Our newly opened clinic is located in the North Reserve Business Center, Suite I-3, just behind Johnny Carino’s. 406-541-2606.
Alpine Physical Therapy, South
We are located in the Peak Health & Wellness Center on the corner of Highway 93 South and Blue Mountain Road. 406-251-2323.

If you’d like to schedule a free injury consultation or schedule to participate in the Runner’s Clinic, call us at 406-251-2323.

Monday, May 19, 2008

RWM Pengelly Double Dip

An Epic Trail Run of Elephantine Proportions.
The RWM Pengelly Double Dip is June 14, 2008

Location: University of Montana, Riverbowl Field, Missoula, Montana
Distances: Double Dip - 13 miles
Single Dip - 5 miles
Monte Mile for Kids
More info

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Good Food Store MM Seminar - this Monday night

The Missoula Marathon & The Good Food Store
“Eat Right While Training and Running the Missoula Marathon ”
May 12 , 2008 Monday at 7 pm at the Good Food Store classroom.
The Good Food Store will once again be hosting these FREE monthly seminars, PLUS providing the fabulous food for marathon runners at the Missoula Marathon.
Speaker: Carla Cox, Ph.D., RD, Sports Nutritionist
Endurance Sport Specialist, mountain climber, marathoner and Iditarod researcher Carla Cox knows all about fueling for the long haul. If you're wondering what to do to achieve your optimum performance for the Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon, this is a seminar you won't want to miss. Learn what fuels are best for the body (fats, carbohydrates, protein) and when to eat them. How does that change with the heat? What about fluids and salts? Should you be drinking energy drinks pre, during, post?, Ask all the questions you want. She can answer them.
The event is free, but seating is limited to 40-50. The Good Food Store is located at 1600 S. Third St. W., Missoula

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

2,008 in 2008, Sign up now!!

The Missoula Marathon and its partner Southgate Mall are hoping to get 2,008 race participants to enter and cross the finish line in the 2008 races this July. As an incentive to achieve this goal and to encourage early registration, the first 2,008 racers to sign up for one of the Marathon events will be entered into a drawing for $2,008 in Southgate Mall Gift Cards. The first 2,008 people who enter the Missoula Marathon, Missoula Half Marathon, Marathon Relay or Missoula Kids Marathon are eligible for the drawing. All 2,008 names will be placed in a bowl and the winning name will be drawn at the awards ceremony on July 13th.

“Athletes have a tendency to wait until the last minute to register,” explained race director Jennifer Straughan, “and we’re very excited about reaching our goal of 2,008 participants this year, so we thought we’d give people extra motivation to register earlier than they would normally. All a person has to do in order to be in the drawing is be among the first 2,008 registrants in any of the races associated with the Missoula Marathon.”

Southgate Mall hosted the Southgate Mall Super Aid Station last year, but the course is altered this year to take advantage of the trees and shade in the residential areas. “This is a great way for Southgate Mall to show its support of the Missoula Marathon and its athletes,” said Tim Winger, general manager of Southgate Mall. “We’re glad to be part of the event and look forward to seeing the Missoula Marathon reach its goal of 2,008 participants. Plus we’ll still be doing our aid station, it just won’t be located at the Mall.”

The winner of the drawing can spend the gift cards at any of the Southgate Mall stores, which is over 100. For a complete list of Southgate Mall stores, log onto

Additionally, the price of the races goes up on June 1, so athletes who sign up early can avoid the increase by registering now. The Missoula Marathon fee goes from $60 to $70 on June 1st, and then $75 on July 12th at the pre-race Expo. The Missoula Half Marathon fee goes from $45 to $55 on June 1st, and $60 on July 12th.

Members of the Missoula Marathon Committee, Missoula Kids Marathon Committee, Run Wild Missoula Committee, Run Wild Missoula Board of Directors and their relatives are not eligible to win, and their names will be excluded from the drawing.

The winner’s name will be drawn on Sunday, July 13th during the awards ceremony at the Missoula Marathon. The winner does not have to be present to win. Chance of winning is 1 in 2,008.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Check out May 2008 Running Times Magazine

The Missoula Marathon

Finishing Kick: A Marathon Runs Through It
The last best place for a race

By Rachel Toor

As featured in the May 2008 issue of Running Times Magazine < click


Monday, May 5, 2008

Missoula Marathon Sponsors of the Week

Root Beer Floats for the Missoula Marathon Kids: Missoula Style

What do you give to a kid who has steadfastly ticked away 25 miles on his marathon log and then finished the final big 1.2 miles on race day? Sure a medal – and yes a shirt, but better yet – how about a particularly special root beer float? Last year at the Missoula Marathon Inaugural Event, Big Dipper Ice Cream volunteered to supply their home-made ice cream and Kettlehouse Brewing their home-made root beer, so the Missoula Kids Marathon Committee could reward each and every finisher with a root beer float on race day. How nice was that? Very – because nobody knew how many kids would RUN the Missoula Kids Marathon! That’s pretty generous to support an event that could have any number of participants.

In the end we had 200 participants and 200 root beer floats. In 2008 we’re hoping for 400 participants, and Big Dipper Ice Cream and Kettlehouse Root Beer will once again be waiting for the runners at the finish line. The Missoula Kids Marathon Committee will serve them up and our young marathoners can go home with a smile on their face knowing they accomplished their goal, and a smile in their tummy as well.

You, too, can thank these sponsors for supporting the Missoula Kids Marathon. All you have to do is eat the ice cream and drink the (root) beer. They’re both located just south of the Higgins Ave. Bridge. Big Dipper Ice Cream is at the corner of 5th and Higgins. Then swing by KettlehouseBrewing at the corner of 4th and Myrtle (okay if you’re under 21 don’t stop there).